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Learn how to Growth Hack, Experience Design, Code or Create Digital Content within nine months.
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B. Startup School Amsterdam (BSSA) offers the young and un(der)employed the opportunity to take control of their own professional future. During a nine-month programme, students learn the essential skills they need to kickstart their career.

During a nine-month programme you learn skills like coding, experience design, growth hacking or digital content creation.  All taught by renowned training institutes like Hyper Island, New York Code + Design Academy, Le Wagon, The Talent Institute.

BSSA is a collaboration of the Amsterdam Economic Board, Manpower Group and B. Amsterdam.




Full-Stack Development with JavaScript by NYCDA

At The New York Code + Design Academy, we believe anyone can and should learn to program. The future is built with creativity and code, and we teach aspiring developers how to compete in the exciting world of web development. The startups and tech giants dominating today’s marketplace are powered by many different languages and frameworks, but every web application has one language in common: JavaScript.

That’s why we designed this program as a master class to transform total beginners into JavaScript experts. In just 12 weeks, you’ll learn how to code for both the front and back end with one of the most consistently valuable languages on the web. The NYCDA difference is a curriculum and staff at the cutting edge of the tech industry, teaching the most in-demand languages in an engaging, interactive environment. Our instructors are working professionals currently active in the development community. They won’t just teach you how to code— you’ll also learn how to think, study, and problem solve like a professional web developer.

In this course, students will learn how to build their own fully functioning websites and apps with a variety of hands-on, intensive workshops. Our curriculum is geared toward career placement, and students receive career training throughout the program. In addition to technical training, NYCDA students can expect resume and portfolio guidance, interview preparation, and networking opportunities through guest lectures from entrepreneurs and developers.

Languages and frameworks:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Node.js
  • Module Building
  • APIs
  • Bootstrap
  • LESS
  • Jade
  • React.js

Sublime Text, Git, Github, Heroku, the Terminal/Command Line, Canvas.

Graduation from The New York Code + Design Academy’s Full Stack Web Development program is only the beginning of your programming journey. After this course, you’ll have the tools, confidence, and knowledge you need to continue your technical education on your own. Our alumni have built multiplayer games, ecommerce sites, meetup applications, trip planners, and more! The possibilities are endless. What will you create?



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What are my job opportunities after the program?
  • Entry level front end engineer
  • Entry level back end engineer
  • Junior software engineer
  • Project manager
  • Junior full stack developer
  • Students are also encouraged to pursue freelance development work, and several of our alumni have co-founded their own startups!
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Full-Stack Development with Ruby on Rails by Le Wagon

Have you ever wondered what Airbnb, Twitter, GitHub and Square (a.o.) have in common, besides being unicorns? Well, they were all built using Ruby on Rails (RoR). Indeed, startups & tech companies looking to quickly and effectively bootstrap their web app know well that RoR is the best framework to start with.

This observation, as well as the growing and critical shortage of software developers, led to the creation of Le Wagon, with the aim to help young talents to become actors of this digital (r)evolution. Our hands-on program brings you the technical skills you need to develop your own MVP (Minimum Viable Product) or join a growing tech startup (as a developer, growth hacker, digital product manager,…).

To achieve this goal, our Full-Stack Coding Bootcamp consists of an intensive full-time training in web application development, given by a team composed of experienced developers and teaching assistants. In just 12 weeks, you’ll learn all the programming languages, methodologies and tools you need to be fully autonomous:

  • HTML5 & CSS3 (markup languages)
  • JavaScript (scripting language), jQuery & React.js (JavaScript libraries)
  • Bootstrap (mobile-first framework)
  • Advanced CSS techniques (flexbox, grid, animations,…)
  • UX/UI best practices
  • Ruby (programming language)
  • Ruby on Rails (web application framework)
  • SQL (structured query language for relational database management systems)
  • PostgreSQL (relational database management system)
  • APIs (application programming interfaces) & web services (Stripe, Mandrill,…)

Tools: your terminal, Sublime Text, git, GitHub, Sketch, Heroku, Amazon S3,…

Although our training is mostly technical, we confront our students with the startup/business world by regularly inviting tech entrepreneurs to come and share their experience, during an “Apero-Talk”, followed by questions & answers.

Disclaimer: You don’t have to be a mathematics genius to learn to code; it takes a lot of curiosity, perseverance and commitment.



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What are my job opportunities after the program?

Our alumni (when they’re not busy launching their own startup as CEO/CTO/(co-)founder) generally follow one of these paths:

  • Full-stack developer
  • Front-­end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Growth hacker
  • Digital product manager
  • Innovation project manager
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The Internet is evolving at a fast pace and technology is changing our lives. Traditional marketers are skilled at understanding traditional products, but the internet has created a radical redefinition of the word product. For thousands of years a product has been a physical good, but now they are invisible bits and bytes in the form of software products. This requires a new type of marketeers. Today’s digital marketers are tasked with designing campaigns that speak to multiple audience segments, inspiring them into action, and measuring the results to make data-fueled business decisions.

This new era of marketeers is called Growth Hacking. Growth hackers utilize analytical thinking, product engineering and creativity to significantly increase their company’s core metrics. Our growth hacking marketing course will train you to be a full-stack, self-sufficient marketer, whose aim is to help a company increase their customer base by a factor of 10. Sessions are aimed to familiarize you with industry tools like Google Analytics, Adwords, and Mailchimp. You will get hands on experience with search engine optimization, conversion optimization, A/B testing and building landing pages.

At the end of our course you will be a true hacker ready to grow any business.



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What are my job opportunities after the program?

After the program you will be one of the pioneers in the new marketing era. You will be able to start working as a:

  • Growth hacker
  • Digital marketeer
  • Product owner (manager)
  • Business development
  • Head of Growth
  • Community manager

Experience Design by HYPER ISLAND

The role of a designer is shifting. A product today is rarely just physical and consumers expectations are higher than ever. The challenge for designers is to design and deliver meaningful experiences, both online and offline. The Experience Design course will develop your technical, creative and strategic skills as an experience designer to lead the change within this evolving industry.

The course is designed in response to the actual demand from the industry. There is currently a gap between what traditional schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world.

You will explore experience design and related fields such as service design and interaction design, understanding human behaviour, rigorous research, digital technologies and prototyping, project management, business acumen and how to build and lead an effective team.



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What are my job opportunities after the program?

On completing this course you will be primed for entry level roles in areas such as:

  • UX Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Experience Designer
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Digital Content Creation by The Talent Institute

We tell stories from the moment we can speak. It is a natural way to express ourselves, to share what we experience and to connect with others. Storytelling is key for companies to connect with their audience and to channel their tone of voice. Companies need to stand out, they need to sell their product, their service or whatever beautiful thing they want to put into this world. In order to do this they need a voice, a clear and appealing message. They need content that connects and converts.

Even though storytelling is a natural human skill, there is an art to doing it so it grabs and holds attention, to make people 100% sold on it. Especially now, when we are over stimulated by information, you have to know how you can create valuable and outstanding content. You have to be so good they can not ignore you.

In this 12-week program you will learn how to write like a journalist -honest, objective, with a unique tone of voice- and how to think like a marketeer, knowing your audience, how to connect and turn prospects into buying customers. You will dive deep into content marketing, PR and copywriting and the basics of graphic design and video production. You will learn how to create content for and spread it through social media channels like facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, snapchat, etc.

At the end of this course you will be a true storyteller. Ready to make any company stand out.



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What are my job opportunities after the program?
  • Content manager
  • Content strategist
  • Information architect
  • Social media & PR manager
  • Content marketeer
  • Brand manager
  • Storyteller
  • Social media consultant


  • Full-time course of 9 Months
  • Earning minimum wage during your traineeship
  • Kick-off: September 26th, 2016
Full-Time classes
3 Months
Traineeship at a startup
6 Months


  • Full-time course of 7 Months
  • Earning €500 a month during your internship
  • Kick-off: September 26th, 2016 
Full-Time Classes
1 Month
3-4 Days Internship + 1-2 School Days
3 Months
Full-time Internship
3 Months




Ready to take control of your own professional future?!
Batch #3 of the BSSA will start September 26th, 2016.

Once you provide your email address, we will send you more information about the application procedure, info nights and programme in general.

NOTE: When you provide your email address, you just let us know you are interested in one of the courses and that you fit the criteria. You won’t be committed to anything.

Criteria* to join the course:

  • Aged between 18-26
  • You must have a valid Dutch social security number
  • You must have an HBO/WO bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited Dutch university
  • You are NOT allowed to be registered at a University from the first day of the programme starting September 26th
  • For the Full-Stack Development courses, you have to be at least 3 months “unemployed” or, if you have a (zero) working contract, max 20 hours per week
  • For the Growth Hacking, Experience Design and Digital Content Creation courses, you have to be at least 5 months “unemployed” or, if you have a (zero) working contract, max 20 hours per week
  • Internships are eligible because you don’t have a working contract

For a more detailed explanation of our criteria, see our Criteria page.

*Please note, these criteria are subject to change.

Check? Cool! We look forward to receive your application. 

Any questions? Drop us a line at recruitment@bssa.nu

Please fill in your name and email address below if you are interested and want to attend our info night:


As part of the application process, we organize info nights. We use these sessions to give you all the information you need regarding the different courses. This is the chance where we can answer your questions and where you can meet your future teachers and fellow students.

The sessions will take place from 18:00 till 20:00 o’clock on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 6th
  • LAST ONE: Tuesday, September 13th

Please note: this event is mandatory for new students.



An impression of a design sprint – by Gijs van Til

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As a programmer chances are you will not be involved in the development of a product until after there’s already a clear view on what the product is going to be. As part of BSSA Lab I had the opportunity to be involved in that critical early phase in which a product takes shape. Last week, together with three experience designers and another programmer, I’ve participated in a design sprint for Healthy Workers, a company that aims to create green and healthy offices in which employees truly thrive.

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Are the programmes taught in English or in Dutch?

All programmes are fully taught in English.

Will I earn money during the programme?

Not during the first part of the programme. You should consider the time you spend with the BSSA as an investment in yourself. During the second part of the programme you will earn money. 

The programming classes are followed by a traineeship. During this period you will earn minimum wage.

The growth hacking, experience design and digital content creation classes are followed by an internship during which you will earn €500,- a month.

What is the selection process?

Once you’ve applied, we’ll invite you to one of our Info Night evenings (info session). During this session we give you all the information you need regarding the different courses. This is the chance where we can answer your questions and where you can meet your future teachers (and fellow students). Please note: this event is mandatory for new students.

After the Info Night, we will send you an email about the next steps.

Can I only enroll if I’ve been fully unemployed for the last 3 months?

No. You can also enroll if you have been working less than 20 hours weekly. If you are doing an internship you are also eligible.

Can I also apply with a foreign diploma?

No, we are sorry. The B. Startup School Amsterdam is made possible in cooperation with the Amsterdam Economic Board (government). This means we limit the programme to graduates from accredited Dutch education institutes. With a minimum of an HBO/WO bachelor’s degree (or higher).

Where will the BSSA programmes take place?

BSSA is located at B. Amsterdam, the biggest coworking space in Europe. Our address: Johan Huizingalaan 763A, 1066 VH Amsterdam. Check it out!


Do you have any questions or simply want to get in touch as an investor, teacher, startup, press or company fill in the form and we will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Are you a start-up that is already interested in one of our students? Please drop us a line.